An evening comprising three pieces, whose only connection is that they are accompanied live on stage by violin or cello.
What I see is what I get
Inspired by a passage from the Rig Veda (ancient text of Hindu wisdom) we follow the torment of a solo dancer as she descends into the pit of addiction, staking everything on the next roll of the dice. But from despair, a strange and loving wisdom emerges…
Past / Present
A courtesan reflects on the passage of time and the ephemeral nature of love and passion in this interpretation of a 17th century South Indian love poem. She is brought face-to-face with herself and her own desire—this is presented as a moving and tender duet. Past Present manipulates gesture and grammar from (Bharatanatyam, classical dance from South India) and upends traditional symbols by exploring the dance form through a modern interpretation. The music is inspired by Marwa, a North Indian raaga.
Based on a play by US feminist writer Jane Shepard, this group piece explores the relationship between two sisters—one living, one dead. The past and present are interwoven into a complex, sometimes violent fabric that challenges notions of family, self and love.
World premiere: 2004, Joyce Soho Season, New York, NY
Strings Unattached was commissioned by Joyce Soho Season
Choreography: Preeti Vasudevan
Music: Ben Foskett, David Eggar
Lighting: Les Dickert
Costumes: Rosula Blanc, Joy Havens, Preeti Vasudevan